As a result of the pandemic, the laboratory has seen a growth of between 20 and 30% in the region, mainly in the ecological segment.
The Region of Murcia has an important citrus fruit production (869.374t in 2019/20) that has been increasing in recent campaigns. To serve the growing demand and work alongside the clients, Reactiva Laboratorio has strengthened its presence in the region with a new sales delegate in the Region and the rest of Eastern Spain, Antonio Molina, who joined the company in January.
“For us, accompanying the client is essential. We want to be just another department within their organizations and we provide solutions within the wide range that the network of laboratories from the Carso Group offers,” Molina explains.
Many of the citrus growing companies that approach Reactiva are interested in the services for the ecological crop line. “In general, it is a very serious sector; they know how to act and they carry out an exhaustive control… they are very conscientious, they ask for a large amount of samples over the campaign; even the conventional fruit producers try to apply a minimum of products. The sector is being driven towards becoming zero residue.”
At Reactiva, they offer a complete range of services; pesticide sweeps on produce (multi-residue analysis, dithiocarbamates, glyphosate, chlorate, perchlorate…); analysis of soil and water for new farms; or PCR analysis of plant pathogens (in soil, fruit…) that are very popular in the region of Lleida in the stone fruit sector and that are now being introduced into Murcia. “Find 24 plant pathogens and issue results in just 24 hours.” Additionally, they are a laboratory that works alongside Zerya in zero residue, both in citrus fruits and in vegetables and they hold accreditation from the Bundesverband Naturkost Naturwaren (BNN), a German association that represents the interests of trade specialising in organic food.
Constantly growing to improve its services, at Reactiva they are extending the pesticide sweeps in multi-residues with 120 additional active ingredients. The aim is to exceed 540 over the next few months and obtain ENAC accreditation for its microbiological analyses according to the standard UNE-EN ISO/IEC 17025.